MOMI EATS| Maginhawa St.’s Snacks and Ladder!

Jan 11, 2016 | Likes, Only Berlin

I have three almost grown-up boys.  Grown-up because they act, talk, and eat like grown-ups.  And they love board games.

When big Bunso turned 10 years old last November, we planned to have our dinner at Van Gogh is Bipolar.  But because it was already dark (around 8:00 pm), we cannot locate this abode-slash-restaurant thus ended up at the end of the Maginhawa Street.  Then saw and read Snacks and Ladder to my right.


As I have said, my three grown-up boys love board games.  Perfect!

The boys were still inside the car, and I could not stop their excitement. They were jumping up and down!  And when we finally alighted, they rushed inside the diner.

The place was jam-packed.  Not with my mom’s and my age but full of teens and twenty-something peeps.  And they were all busy playing — board games.

We only waited for a few minutes to be seated.  The food attendant was very courteous and even positioned us at the farthest left of the diner so as not to be disturbed.  We have a three-month baby in tow.

Upon checking the menu, my mom and I exchanged pleasant nods as the food is reasonably prized.  A head needs to pay PhP 150.00 (PhP 100 is consumable and PhP50.00 as gaming fee).


BMaginhawa St.’s Snacks and Ladder!| Battle Chips for only P59.00 and they are so plenty.   You may opt for the cheese, barbecue or sour cream flavor.



Maginhawa St.’s Snacks and Ladder!| Dominionachos for P199.00.  Serves 3-4 persons with generous servings of mango salsa, ground meat, and cheese. 



Maginhawa St.’s Snacks and Ladder!| Twisturon con chocolate for P159.00.  The boys finished this first for fear that the ice cream might melt.



But wait there’s smores for P159.00!



Burger Steak for the birthday boy.  This rice bowl had three mini burger patties drizzled with mushroom sauce and topped with carrots and tomatoes.



Tuna Cream Pasta at P159.00.  Aside from their rice meals, the boys also ordered for this tuna cream pasta.  

Notice the pull-out table?   I simply like the idea of this extension table. One needs to pull out the table — no need to disassemble anything – and he could use it to put his food as the tabletop is filled with board games and drinks.  There is also room for bags under the table for those precious belongings not to occupy the space meant for the food, board games or the guest himself.


Pine-chilli Chickmate at P139.00.  The menu board says it’s kinda chili thus I asked the food attendant to make mine less spicy.  

After placing our order, two of my boys dashed to the gigantic chess board outside.


Maginhawa St.’s Snacks and Ladder!

The birthday boy preferred to stay beside me and taught me to play Battleship.  It was fun playing it the first time, and my son won.

6 happy kiddo copy

This is the birthday boy.  He would happily take a spoonful of his meal every time he scores against me. 

Looking at the cabinet where the board games are stored, I guess there will be no shortage in games.  My boys kept on telling me that they have seen even the hard-to-find ones. There are a number of Funko Pop for sale as well and are displayed prominently in one corner.

And to facilitate communication between Snacks and Ladder and its guests, a wish list board can be found at one corner.  With the many board games available, there are still some unavailable.  There must be a lot of board games invented!

5boardgame wishlist

Snacks and Ladder isn’t for board game fanatics alone.  The diner has a small karaoke room just under the stairs.  It reminded me of Harry Potter and his room under the cupboard.




The boys must have played half a dozen games already, and they invited me to visit the second level.  Of course, they were not curious about the layout; they were in search for more games to play!


Guests are encouraged to leave their shoes downstairs and dine at the second floor barefooted.  


We stayed at Snacks and Ladder for about four hours.  My energy cannot match that of the boys as they seemed to be having too much fun.  To help me cope up with my sleepiness, I ordered a house favorite —


My Banana Bohnanza Chocnut (P109.00) side by side the monopoly board I am forced to play with.  


Happy endings are stories that haven’t ended yet.  Before we bid farewell to the courteous and fun staff of Snacks and Ladder, we ordered a slice of oreo cheesecake with a candle on top for our little man to blow.  And the staff of the diner was all gracious to sing the Happy Birthday song.  Two of them even played the guitar!


Snacks & Ladders Boardgame Bistro is at 188 Maginhawa St in Quezon City.   It is a perfect place to take a break from either school or work life and spend some real fun time with friends and family.  I highly recommend this place if you plan to eat in a group, especially with children in tow.  Such a great place to dine and bond.

Oh, of course, I need to pee before driving back home.  And just before we leave, another fun discovery —

20 cr

Till our next visit, Snacks and Ladder.  You made my son’s birthday truly memorable.

22 when we left


  1. Elisha Caballero

    Will add this to my list of must visit places this 2015. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • msbolin

      Yes, a must visit this 2016. Share with us your story when you got there ha. 🙂

    • msbolin

      Yes, sana. Sarado sila every Monday and even most restos within the vicinity. 🙂

  2. Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    Belated happy birthday to your son. The place looks nice, how I wish QC is just so near so I could visit this. I’m sure my son will enjoy the different games.

    • msbolin

      Surely, he will. And thanks, will tell my boy somebody just greeted him belated happy birthday. He will be pleased.

  3. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    I’ve heard so much about Maguinhawa street but it’s a little far from us esp now that we don’t have a car to use. But what a great place that seems to take your son. I want to take my son and his friends there too someday.:)

    • msbolin

      Yes, indeed a nice place for kids. Surely your boy will enjoy there, especially if with his friends.

    • msbolin

      You are always welcome :). Surely your kids will enjoy there.

  4. mommy madz

    The place looks interesting with all the games and stuff.Would love to hangout there with friends and their kids! Thanks!

    • msbolin

      Yes, really a fun place to bond with friends and kids. 🙂

  5. Neri Ann

    My boys will love this place!

  6. Mommy Levy

    I wish that they will have a branch here in the south.

    • msbolin

      There’s puzzles board game lounge in bf homes, paranaque. Hope you’re near that place.

  7. jennie villanueva

    Amazing concept for family dining! I am so curious about Maginhawa street been hearing about it for some time now. your post made me crave at 3am. Hahaha

    • msbolin

      Hahaha. Still awake at 3am?!? Go visit Maginhawa, dami choices. 🙂

  8. nanaystrip

    Thanks for sharing this! Effort lang talaga dumayo sa QC kaming mga taga-South. I just introduced Snakes and Ladders to my 4-year old son. Enjoy naman siya. Would love to play my first Monopoly game in that resto!

    • msbolin

      There’s Puzzles Board Game Lounge sa BF Homes, Paranaque. Hope you’re near that place. and yes, snakes and ladder is super fun if played with kids.

  9. rollcoastermom

    This looks like such a fun place to go with the family! My kids will love it here. 🙂 Hope we get to dine here soon.

    • msbolin

      Yes, no regrets spending time there.

  10. Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy

    Oh my! Hubby would love it there! I’d be sure to bring it up to him. 🙂

    • msbolin

      Haha. And when you’re there, you will surely enjoy.

  11. Maan Laxa

    Ang saya! I love the idea, and it seems as if they really put thought into each tiny detail. I need that shelf in my life!

    • msbolin

      Yes, really affordable. They must have considered students who have meager allowance but want to have a break from school in a fun and clean way.

  12. Mommy Rockin' In Style

    Wow parang ang sarap naman kumain dyan, the food looks tasteful and the ambiance is so playful. I read a lot of good reviews about this resto and I think it is our time to try this out for ourself.

    • msbolin

      Yes, try it. No regrets sa long travel especially if you are into board games and family bonding

  13. Mamanee (@mamaneesnest)

    Thank you so much for sharing this! There should be more places like this, awesome food tapos board games. Sobrang great bonding activity that takes you away muna from the mobile phones. 🙂

    • msbolin

      yes, and you will just use your mobile phone to take photos or video the fun. such a great place.

  14. Ayi

    I like this! Maginhawa is truly a food haven 🙂 Haven’t tried this yet but I’ll definitely make that trip to Maginhawa 🙂

    • msbolin

      Yes, dami pagpipilian. And Iwas traffic Ung place Kaya convenient puntahan.

  15. mysliceofcakemy

    The food looks yummy!

    You and your boys must bring me there one of these days.

    • msbolin

      You should bring me there. I can’t drive. Ehehe.



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